Macron Stands By China Comments After Drawing Criticism

EU officials have agreed with his push for European 'strategic autonomy'

French President Emmanuel Macron is standing by his comments about how Europe shouldn’t follow the US into a confrontation with China over Taiwan despite the backlash the remarks have drawn.

“This is something the president stands by entirely,” a French diplomat told reporters, according to Reuters.

Macron’s warning that Europe shouldn’t be “America’s followers” is part of his vision for Europe to have “strategic autonomy” from the US, an idea that some EU officials support.

Charles Michel, the head of the EU’s European Council, said “quite a few” European leaders think like Macron when it comes to the relationship with the US.

“There is indeed a great attachment that remains present — and Emmanuel Macron has said nothing else — for this alliance with the United States. But if this alliance with the United States would suppose that we blindly, systematically follow the position of the United States on all issues, no,” Michel said.

Macron made his comments on the way home from China, where he vowed to work with Beijing on fostering negotiations to bring an end to the Ukraine war, breaking from the US, which has rejected the idea of China as a mediator.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed Macron for visiting Beijing, writing on Twitter that ” his latest visit to China only emboldens the communists and President Xi who seems to be hell bent on rewriting world order and taking Taiwan by force.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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